World Football Gossip Roundup: James Rodriguez, Nani, Jese, Alessandro Del Piero

Michael Cummings@MikeCummings37World Football Lead WriterFebruary 21, 2013

World Football Gossip Roundup: James Rodriguez, Nani, Jese, Alessandro Del Piero

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    How much is James Rodriguez worth? According to one report, Manchester United could be willing to bid a Nani on the Colombian winger.

    That story leads this Thursday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup, which also has updates on Jese at Real Madrid Castilla, Arsene Wenger at Arsenal and Alessandro Del Piero down under.

    Keep reading for all the details.

Manchester United Want to Swap Nani for James Rodriguez?

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    Manchester United have approached Porto about the possibility of swapping Nani for James Rodriguez this summer, according to Metro.

    Nani, a 26-year-old Portuguese international, joined Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon in 2007. He has made nine league appearances this season, scoring once.

    Rodriguez (pictured), a 21-year-old Colombian international, has scored seven goals in 13 league appearances this season for Porto.

    Porto reportedly turned down a £20 million bid from AC Milan for Rodriguez last summer. 

Jese Considers Leaving Real Madrid?

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    Real Madrid Castilla striker Jese says he could leave the club if he does not find playing time with the senior squad (Marca via ESPN FC).

    Jese, a 19-year-old winger, has made one senior appearance for Real Madrid. A Spain Under-19 international, he scored the winner in last summer's European Under-19 Championship final and won the tournament's Golden Boot.

    "I do not understand the situation. All I can do is keep working, but I do not know," Jese said. "I believe I have done enough (to get a chance). I am very humble, but if a chance does not come then you start to lose hope."

    Jese has scored 13 goals for Real Madrid's reserve team this season in Spain's Segunda Division.

Arsenal Owner to Back Arsene Wenger?

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    Majority Arsenal shareholder Stan Kroenke will support manager Arsene Wenger on Thursday at a club board meeting (via The Guardian).

    Kroenke, whose Kroenke Sports Enterprises owns the St. Louis Rams (NFL), Colorado Rapids (MLS), Colorado Avalanche (NHL) and Denver Nuggets (NBA), watched Arsenal's 3-1 home loss to Bayern Munich on Tuesday in the Champions League.

    Wenger has come under pressure for a string of poor results this season. Arsenal are currently fifth in the Premier League and have been eliminated from the FA Cup and Capital One Cup. 

Carlo Ancelotti to Replace Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid?

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    Carlo Ancelotti has made a verbal agreement to manage Real Madrid next season, according to French reports (via talkSPORT).

    Ancelotti (pictured), 53, currently manages Paris Saint-Germain. PSG lead France's Ligue 1 and remain alive in the UEFA Champions League.

    Jose Mourinho, 50, currently manages Real Madrid but is widely expected to leave the club this summer. His next stop could be England, according to talkSPORT. 

Alessandro Del Piero to Stay with Sydney FC for Another Year

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    Italian forward Alessandro Del Piero will remain with Australian club Sydney FC for a second season (via Sky Sports).

    Del Piero, 38, joined Sydney last summer after playing 19 years for Juventus in Italy's Serie A. He has scored 11 goals in the A-League.

    The club held a press conference on Thursday, with Del Piero announcing he will remain with Sydney for another year.

    "Sydney once again. Now it's official, I have renewed my contract with Sydney FC for one more year," Del Piero wrote on his blog. "That's what I wanted, and that's what the club wanted. My choice, our choice."

Quick Kicks

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    The agent of Hamburg forward Heung-Min Son says Manchester United and Chelsea have made offers for the South Korean (via Sky Sports).

    Winning the FA Cup will not save Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini's job, according to former City player Rodney Marsh (via talkSPORT).

    Three Tottenham fans were injured in an attack at Lyon pub (via The Guardian).

    Juventus are preparing a €14 million bid for Torino defender Angelo Ogbonna in the summer (via